Radiobaby returned to high school after nearly two decades on Friday
to give guitar students a chance to enter the world of the performing
Singer and guitarist Odee Rose has been a guitar tutor at Thames
High School this year. On Friday he brought his band Radiobaby to
school and invited his students up on stage to perform the songs they
had been learning.
“Performing to an audience is an important part of learning an
instrument so I’m quite lucky to be able to give that experience to my
students,” said Mr Rose. “When I was at school my music teacher
organised a lunchtime concert and me and my mates played a Doors song
and our teacher played the keyboard. That experience got me hooked on
performing and I wanted to pass that on to my students.”
Radiobaby played outside the senior common room so the students could
sit on the field and near the cafeteria to see what Mr Rose’s
students had been learning all year.
All three members of Radiobaby are former students of Thames High School.
The following are comments left on our facebook page:
YOU WERE BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t move my head, neck and back since you brought out my headbanging rebel teenager with all your awesome songs! Oh Em Gee! YOU GUYS ABSOLUTELY ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Danine
No thank you. It was awesome. Great to see a band that likes to mix up the genre’s. – Dean
Great cover band keep it up – Karl
That was a great night, awesome sounds. – Barbara
Good times. Great rock n roll. – Dave
Awesome evening, Radiobaby is a must see band!! – Peter
Great music to help us all party like rock stars!!! You guys were awesome – Mitch
brilliant night and you kept us on our feet. – John
Great sounds guys. Well impressed. Rock on!!!! : ) – Gene
You guys were AWESOME! – Toni
Hope you plan entering Battle of the Bands. I would say you’ll do well – Lawrie
Thanks for a great night guys – can’t wait to have you back again soon! – Junction Hotel, Thames
Totally impressed, you sound awesome!! – Margaret
Yet another fabulous night dancing the night away to Radiobaby!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 – Dianne
Any band that attempts the mighty A-HA and the even more mightier The Proclaimers in one setlist i gotta hear 🙂 -Richard
Must. Hear. This. -Julia
Wow! you guys rocked the brew last night! So impressed, can’t wait for the next gig!! xxx 🙂 -Renee
Great night at the Brew last night!!! You guys were awesome! … one great song after another..no time to take a rest! -Dianne
Awesome to hear you guys practice and cant wait for your debut at THE BREW!! and Tracey keep those cool beats coming! -Lance
You guys were so awesome I was stopped in Sola today to ask if I new who the band was that was playing…. Yeah Radio Baby…. Want to play at our street BBQ???????? -Jennifer
Yeah Baby!! You guys rocked -Jenny Kay
They came together to play some songs for the Christmas In The Park and hit it off. Over the summer a new Thames band have pooled together a night’s worth of songs and are playing their first public show at Brew in Thames. Radiobaby is a three-piece with Otis (Odee) Williams on guitar, Paul Hinton on bass and Tracey Slaughter on drums.
“I’m very excited about this band” says Odee. “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. We visit the Grunge scene and do some rock songs from this century but our secret weapon is 80s pop songs. We don’t have a keyboard player so we rock them up.
“I’m talking about songs you find yourself singing and then look around to make sure nobody heard you. When you’re in party mode you just can’t resist having fun with them.”
Odee and Tracey share the singing. “It’s great having a female vocalist in the group. It has instantly opened up the range of songs we can do,” says Odee.
Tracey is an author and lectures at Waikato University and Paul is the glue of the group. “He organises everything and keeps us focused. I think he has a military background or something,” Odee jokes.
Radiobaby play at Brew, Thames on March 23.
Peninsula Press 2012/03/22